Top Tip

20 April, 2007

My top tip is about connecting with the customer and promoting repeat purchases. Always have one of the following to give to new customers flying through - an up-to-date wine list, a newsletter, upcoming in-store tasting invite, brochure of other services such as wedding lists, godchild cases, en-primeur etc. Independent merchants never have enough time, staff or money to continuously target and retain customers through on-going marketing, but the above hand-outs often reminds customers to come back.

Greg Sherwood, Handford Wines, London

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